Dear Jody and Jacek,
Thank you for sharing this sad news. Marty was a role model for many of us. A outstanding, question-driven scientist and dedicated mentor to many. I’ll always remember him as a standard bearing for the ciliate molecular biology community. But more than
that, he set a tone that continues to make our research community a special one. I remember once when he introduced me for a seminar at Rochester as a scientific grandson (Meng-Chao having been Marty’s first PhD student). I had never really thought about scientists
as a “family” before that, but I can still Iook around and see how many of us are scientific siblings, first or second cousins, ect. brought together by science and our mentors like Marty. While visiting St. Louis shortly after retirement, he told me he had
to retire because he could not be a scientist part time, it was just not in his nature, and it was time for him to give his family (and new grandkids) his full attention. That says a lot about who he was, both as a scientist and as a warm human being. While
I will always have fond memories of Marty, I also am happy to be a continuing part of his extending scientific family.
With genuine sadness, I personally celebrate a life well lived.
Doug Chalker, Ph. D.
Dept. of Biology -- campus box 1137 Monsanto Lab room 304 (office) Monsanto Lab room 405 (lab)
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
office 314-935-8838; fax 314-935-4432
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Dear Jacek, Jody, Kathy and others,
I am so sad to hear this. I remember meeting Marty when I helped host him on a visit at Berkeley while I was a trainee in the Collins lab. On that visit, Marty asked probing scientific questions about my projects while also expressing enthusiasm and support.
His support continued through generously sending strains, discussing scientific ideas over email, and writing letters to support my post doc fellowships. Just last year, Marty emailed me in response to a technical question I posed on this listserv, with helpful
assistance and a big dose of encouragement for continuing work in our field.
I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to meet Marty. My condolences to his family.
Suzanne R. Lee, Ph.D
Department of Biology
Western Washington University
Dear Ciliate Researchers:
I am forwarding very sad news from Jody Bowen about the passing away of Marty Gorovsky. His studies led to many fundamental contributions in cell and molecular biology based on ciliate models, including groundbreaking discoveries on chromatin
and genome organization. I had an honor and privilege to be among his many trainees. Marty was a wonderful mentor. It is a huge loss to our community.
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Re: sad news
October 23, 2019 at 8:38:16 PM EDT
It is with great sadness that I write to tell the Ciliate community that
Marty Gorovsky died of a heart attack yesterday. His wife Joyce said they
will not be having a service but the family is gathering together. Marty had
been having some health issues for a while. Joyce asked that I let his
friends know since she did not have contact information. Her address is
6102 Westover Way, Somerset, NJ 08873. For more than 45 years Marty was my
teacher, boss, friend and support system--a great researcher and so much
more. It is hard to believe that he is gone.